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This Missouri state page of our website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Missouri genealogy and history, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

Missouri African American Records

  • Missouri African American Records
  • Missouri, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872
    The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (often called the Freedmen’s Bureau) was created in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War to supervise relief efforts including education, health care, food and clothing, refugee camps, legalization of marriages, employment, labor contracts, and securing back pay, bounty payments and pensions. These records include letters and endorsements sent and received, account books, applications for rations, applications for relief, court records, labor contracts, registers of bounty claimants, registers of complaints, registers of contracts, registers of disbursements, registers of freedmen issued rations, registers of patients, reports, rosters of officers and employees, special and general orders and circulars received, special orders and circulars issued, records relating to claims, court trials, property restoration, and homesteads. This collection corresponds with NARA microfilm publication M1908, Records of the Field Offices for the State of Missouri, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872.
  • Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College
    Marion College was incorporated in 1831 in Philadelphia, Marion County, Missouri, for the purpose of educating young men for the ministry. The registry contains the church’s membership and baptisms from 1836 to 1853. The ledger also includes the names of slaves and often states their owner’s name.
  • African American History Collection Guide
    Guide to African American history resources at the Missouri State Archives.
  • African American Portrait Collection
    Collection of 129 photographic portraits of African Americans primarily from the Moberly area, but also from Hannibal, Louisiana, Macon, St. Joseph, Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Kansas City. The portraits date from approximately 1880 to 1920. Few are identified by name.
  • African Americans in Northeast Missouri
    Hannibal Free Public Library received a grant to preserve and document the history of the African American Community of Northeast Missouri. Collections shown here are held by the library and also by others in the community.
  • Greenwood Cemetery Funerary Art
    Grave markers and funerary art displayed here is from the Greenwood Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. This collection is of special interest for those researching African-American lineages.
  • Black Families of the Ozarks, Volumes 1 and 2
    Digital copy of Greene County Archives Bulletin Number 45: Black Families of the Ozarks with information missing for some pages.
  • St. Louis Palladium
    Issues from this African-American newspaper document St. Louis in 1904
  • Missouri Cemetery Records

Missouri Census Records

Missouri Church Records

  • Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College
    Marion College was incorporated in 1831 in Philadelphia, Marion County, Missouri, for the purpose of educating young men for the ministry. The registry contains the church’s membership and baptisms from 1836 to 1853. The ledger also includes the names of slaves and often states their owner’s name.
  • Guadalupe Center Scrapbooks
    The Guadalupe Center in Kansas City began in 1919 when the Catholic Diocese asked the Agnes Ward Amberg Club for Women to establish a settlement house primarily for Mexican immigrants. Photographs include the Guadalupe Center Building, events like festivals and fairs, band concerts, athletic teams, camping and outdoor activities, folk festivals, and family activities.
  • Kansas City Churches
    Comprised primarily of photographs from Olive Hoggins’ Centenary History of the Churches and the Westminster Congregational Church Records, this group highlights many of Kansas City’s churches and their pastors.

Missouri County Genealogy and History

  • Missouri County Histories
    Numerous institutions around the state contributed books for digitization to the Missouri State Library’s County History project. These books detail the history of the majority of Missouri’s counties.
  • Missouri County Plat Books
    The Missouri County Plat Books collection is a selection of county atlases and plat books from all over the state published from 1875-1930.
  • Missouri County & Municipal Records on Microfilm
    Listing of microfilm reels, by county, office, and municipality, held by the Missouri State Archives.
  • Andrew County
  • Audrain County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Buchanan County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Cape Girardeau County
  • Clinton County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Cole County
  • Dent County
  • Greene County
    • Greene County Missouri, History
      Collection of full text resources about histories of Greene County, Missouri.
    • Greene County Missouri, Records
      Collection of full text indexes and abstracts to records including circuit court record books, coroner’s records, alms house records, justice of the peace records and others.
  • Howard County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Jackson County
    • Plat Books of Jackson County, Missouri
      This collection includes four Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri plat books. The plat books in this collection are held by the Midwest Genealogy Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library. These heavily used plat books have been digitized to prevent further deterioration and to make them available to a wider audience.
    • Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956
      This collection is digital images of voter registration books from Jackson County, Missouri. The information in the registers includes the voter’s name, address, birthplace, race (color), term of residence, township and voting precinct. This collection is being published as images become available.
  • Jefferson County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Livingston County
  • Macon County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Marion County
    • Marion County Atlas, 1875
      1875 Atlas of Marion County and its township.
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Monroe County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Morgan County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Pulaski County
    • Old Stagecoach Stop
      Images of Pulaski County and the historic structure in Waynesville, Missouri known as the “Old Stage Coach Stop”
  • St. Charles County
  • Scotland County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Texas County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Warren County
    • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
      Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.

Missouri Court Records

  • Missouri Judicial Records
    This database of circuit and probate court files is currently searchable by name, county and year for Greene County Circuit Court, Jasper County Circuit Court, New Madrid County Probate Court, St. Charles County Circuit Court, and St. Louis Probate Court.
  • Missouri Naturalization Records Database (1816-1955)
    Abstracts of citizenship records from 22 Missouri counties.
  • Missouri Probate Records, 1750-1998
    This collection includes probate records created by county courts including wills and records of estates. Most of the records in this collection fall between 1840 and 1930, but the content and years of the court records varies by county. In a few instances, if the court heard other cases in addition to probate, such as civil disputes or even some criminal matters, the records are mixed in with the probate records. In addition to this collection of images of records filmed by FamilySearch, estate files from Cole and Andrew counties scanned at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri are published in a separate collection, Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Estate Files, 1826-1945.

Missouri Historical Societies, Libraries and Archives

Missouri History

  • Centennial History of Missouri
    This is the second volume from this set and contains 363 biographies and photographs of leading men of the first century of history in Missouri (1820-1921). Though this manuscript covers the entire state of Missouri, a good portion of the individual biographies are on people who had resided in St. Louis at some point in their life.
  • Biographies of Daviess County, Missouri
  • A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri
  • Missouri: Its History, Geology, Culture
    Digital book collection of Missouri’s history, geology, literature and agriculture at University of Missouri Libraries.
  • OzarksWatch 1987-1996
    The articles included cover a broad range of subjects as they relate to the Ozarks. Many issues are devoted to a particular subject. Theme issues have included; Indians of the Ozarks, the Civil War, the Farm, Resources, and Domestic Architecture.
  • Central Wesleyan College Archives
    A collection of documents and ledgers containing correspondence; business, legal, and financial records; student organizations’ records; college publications; and institutional histories of Central Wesleyan College and Orphan Asylum and merging institutions, Mt. Pleasant German College and Ozark Wesleyan College.
  • Guerrillas and Outlaws
    These 53 drawings feature members of William Quantrill’s Guerrillas, the James-Younger gang, and others associated with these men, like Brigadier General Joseph O. Shelby. All but one of the drawings are done in charcoal by two artists, A. L. Dillenbeck and Elmer Stewart.
  • Journal of Reverend Benjamin Stevens
    Reverend Benjamin Franklin Stevens kept a journal of his trip to California by covered wagon during the 1849 gold rush.
  • Mary Alice Hansen Postcard Collection
    Collection of 200 postcards from the early 20th century featuring Missouri buildings, industry, and culture.
  • Bittersweet
    Articles touch a wide range of subject areas. Included are such diverse pioneer craft and industry as wooden toy making and rope making. There are biographical profiles of Ozarkers’ reminiscences of life and recreation. Agricultural topics range from sheep shearing to bee keeping.
  • Savitar – The University of Missouri Yearbook (1895-1903, 1905-2005)
    The Savitar is the University of Missouri yearbook, which began publication in 1894 and continues to the present.
  • Missouri Place Names, 1928-1945
    The Ramsay Place Names File was compiled by students of University of Missouri professor of English, Robert L. Ramsay (1880-1953) during the first half of the twentieth century. The place name file includes all 114 Missouri Counties, and Kansas City. Many name places in the file are not associated with a county, or serve as a “see” reference. These names have been included under “None.” Note, some old place names in Missouri ARE offensive…

Missouri Immigration and Emigration Records

  • St. Louis Naturalization Records, 1816 – 1955
    Immigrants to Missouri primarily emigrated from European countries, including England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Switzerland, Prussia, Germany, and various German principalities including Hanover, Bavaria, and Saxony . They filed their naturalization papers to become citizens in county courts across the state. The information contained in the naturalization records includes name, native city and/or native country, date of record, court of application (county court, circuit court, Supreme Court), and microfilm location for copy of full entry (reel number, volume and page numbers).
  • Missouri, County Naturalization Records, 1883-1927
    Digital images of naturalization records created by Missouri county courts. Addtional records will be added to this collection as digital images become available.

Missouri Land Records

  • Missouri State Land Patent Search
    During the nineteenth century, the United States government, by various acts of Congress, donated some 6.5 million acres of federal land in Missouri directly to the state. This public domain land was then sold by the state, with profits designated for various internal projects or improvements. The state, rather than the federal government, issued the land patents, verifying title and ownership to the parcels sold, for purchased sections of this donated land. The patents list the name of the person(s) who acquired the land, the purchase date and patent date, as well as a legal land description including township and range, name of county, and number of acres sold. The Land Patents database contains over 35,500 transcribed patents containing information from the state-issued land patents which can be useful in placing an individual in a specific location at a specific time. The information contained in the land patent database includes name of purchaser, county, date of purchase, legal land description, and microfilm location for copy of full entry (reel number, volume and page number).
  • Registre d’Arpentage
    The Registre d’Arpentage was created between 1798 and 1806 by surveyor Antoine Pierre Soulard (1766-1825). The purpose of the Registre was to certify and locate grants made by the French and Spanish governments. Some well-known settlers in Soulard’s Registre include Daniel Boone, Moses Austin, Jacques Clamorgan, and Auguste and Pierre Chouteau.
  • Missouri Land Records 1820-1969
    Description of categories of land records available at the Missouri State Archives.
  • Missouri Platbooks, circa 1930
    In 1930 W.W. Hixson and Co. of Rockford, Illinois published plat books of townships in counties throughout Missouri. These volumes document the ownership and locations of plots of land in Missouri counties, plot sizes, and the owner’s name for each plot of land within the townships.
  • Missouri County Plat Books
    The Missouri County Plat Books collection is a selection of county atlases and plat books from all over the state published from 1875-1930.

Missouri Maps

  • Maps from the Kansas City Public Library
    Digital images of maps in the public domain held by the Missouri Valley Room include state, county, and city maps as well as road, railroad, river, and other areas such as trails.
  • Maps of Missouri
    A collection of Missouri and surrounding state maps covering various topics: cities, towns & counties; conservation & environment; discovery & exploration; cultural landscapes; military, battle & campaign; transportation & communications.
  • Missouri County Plat Books
    The Missouri County Plat Books collection is a selection of county atlases and plat books from all over the state published from 1875-1930.
  • Missouri Platbooks, circa 1930
    In 1930 W.W. Hixson and Co. of Rockford, Illinois published plat books of townships in counties throughout Missouri. These volumes document the ownership and locations of plots of land in Missouri counties, plot sizes, and the owner’s name for each plot of land within the townships.

Missouri Military Records

  • United States Military Records
  • Camp Crowder Photograph Collection
    Established in 1941, Camp Crowder was a military installation near Neosho, Missouri named in honor of Major General Enoch H. Crowder. By 1942, the first soldiers arrived at the Signal Corps Replacement Training Center for training in forty different military communications specialties. The post also trained medical-corps soldiers and ground-force troops, established an Officer Candidate Preparatory School, and held a large prisoner of war camp.
  • Missouri Forts
    List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.
  • Missouri Veterans Home (St. James) Inmate Registers
    Admission registers and application files of the Federal Soldiers Home of Missouri, now called the Missouri Veterans Home (St. James). The collection, which currently consists of Volumes 1-3, includes registers for residents from June 25, 1897 through August 12, 1930. Additional volumes will be added to the collection as they become available.
  • Revolutionary War Records
  • War of 1812
  • Civil War Records
    • Missouri Civil War Battlefield Map
    • Civil War Pensions Index Cards
      Each card gives the soldier’s name, unit, the application number, the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases, the soldier’s rank, terms of service, date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but they also include veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Indian wars, and World War I.
    • Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
      Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Missouri. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M322. Index courtesy of Fold3.
    • Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
      Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Missouri. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917 and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M405. Index courtesy of Fold3.
    • Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications
      These records are digital images of Confederate pension files and applications for admission to the Confederate soldiers’ home acquired from the Missouri Department of Records and Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. The applications are arranged in alphabetical order on 27 reels of 35mm microfilm. The pensions are for Confederate veterans who were living in Missouri, although they may have enlisted from another state. The Confederate Soldiers’ Home in Higginsville, Missouri, was open for infirm and dependent former Confederate soldiers and sailors, their wives, widows, and orphans.
    • Missouri Soldier’s Database: War of 1812 – WWI
      Database presents the service cards of over 576,000 Missourians who served in twelve wars and military engagements in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
    • Missouri-Kansas Conflict: Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865
      Documents related to the hostilities that shook the Missouri-Kansas border region before and during the American Civil War. The collection includes photographs, letters, diaries, maps, and military records from over 25 contributing institutions.
    • American Civil War in Missouri
      The American Civil War in Missouri collection includes manuscripts (letters and diaries) offering valuable insight into how Missourians – both civilians and those in the military – experienced the Civil War.
    • Boone County Historical Society Civil War Collection
      This Civil War collection of personal letters, diaries and photographs is held by the Boone County Historical Society.
    • Civil War Collection (Guide)
      Guide to Civil War records and resources at the Missouri State Archives.
    • Civil War in Missouri – Monographs
      Books about the Civil War in Missouri from several University of Missouri libraries.
    • Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks
      Documents and artifacts that depict life in the Ozarks between 1850 and 1875. The collection contains first hand perspectives of the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, civilians, merchants and farmers, as told through letters, maps, diaries, court records and photographs.
    • Harrison Gleim Civil War Papers, 1860-1891
      Papers of Harrison Gleim, who served in the Civil War as Lieutenant and quartermaster in the Missouri Light Artillery, and later as Major and aide-de-camp in the 2nd Missouri Cavalry. Includes military orders, personal and official correspondence, and quartermaster records.
    • Northwest Missouri State University Civil War Books
      Collection of eight monographs dating from 1867-1920. Two are novels about the Civil War, while the rest are personal accounts and histories of various battles and events during the Civil War. Several are about Missourians or take place in Missouri.
    • St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project
      Gathered from the Civil War collections of twenty-five historical and archival institutions across Missouri and the U.S., this database contains many unique documents that tell the story of St. Louis during the Civil War.
    • State Historical Society – Civil War eBook Collection
      This collection contains various documents related to the Civil War in Missouri.
    • State Historical Society of Missouri – Civil War Manuscripts
      A selection of Civil War era documents from various collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri.
  • World War I Records
  • World War II Records
  • Korean War Casualty List
  • Vietnam War Casualty List
  • Missouri Soldier Database
    The Missouri State Archives holds nearly 1½ million pages that document the service of Missourians in domestic and foreign wars between 1812 and World War I. These military records primarily consist of individual service cards, but the extensive collection also includes muster rolls, special orders, reports, and more.

Missouri Native American Records

Missouri Historical Newspapers

  • Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers
    Index to selected Missouri newspapers, compiled by The State Historical Society of Missouri. With the exception of the Liberty Tribune, which is available on Missouri Digital Heritage, the newspapers are not available online. Index entries include newspaper title, subject, description, and notes.
  • Bland Courier
    The Bland Courier started its long history on May 6, 1904 with W. F. Phelps as its editor and proprietor. The paper is still currently being published. This collection covers issues published from 1914-1924.
  • Bolivar Free Press
    The Bolivar Free Press was a weekly newspaper published at Bolivar, Mo. It was first published on June 04, 1868. This collection includes issues from 1868-1875.
  • Boonville Weekly Observer
    The Boonville Weekly Observer was a weekly newspaper published at Booville, MO. The paper ceased publication in 1861, ending its run due to the Civil War. This collection includes issues from 1854-1856.
  • Border Star Newspaper
    This collection includes issues of the Border Star newspaper published weekly in Westport, Missouri from the years 1858 to 1860, covering various concerns of Westport, especially slavery.
  • Brookfield Gazette
    The Brookfield Gazette was first published on April 23, 1867 and continued its run until January 20, 1927 when it merged with the Linn County Budget to form the Linn County Budget-Gazette. This collection includes issues from 1867-1874.
  • Brunswick Weekly Brunswicker
    The Weekly Brunswicker was published from 1853 to 1857. It was preceded by “The Brunswicker” and succeeded by “The Central City and Brunswicker”. This collection includes issues from 1854-1857.
  • Buffalo Reflex
    The Buffalo Reflex began publication in August 1869. Although it changed hands and politics often over the years, the Reflex maintained its presence in Buffalo, Mo. This collection includes issues from 1869-1873.
  • Butler Bates County Record
    The Bates County Record, the first paper established post-Civil War in Bates county, Missouri, presented its inaugural issue in 1866. This collection covers issues from 1868-1878.
  • Cape Girardeau Argus
    A weekly newspaper for Cape Girardeau, Missouri, published by W. H. Hamilton. The paper runs from June 18, 1863 through June 1, 1871, covering the Civil War era. The physical issues were bound into four volumes. Please note that there are two missing issues (May 26, 1864 and September 16, 1869) and that the issues from June 15, 1865 to July 27, 1865 have received conservation treatment.
  • Columbia Missourian
    This collection includes issues of the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper for the years 1908, 1909, 1929, 1966, and from January 2, 1966 through December 31,1985.
  • Daily Evening Herald and Commercial Advertiser
    The Daily Evening Herald was an early newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. The materials in this collection cover June-October of 1835.
  • Far West
    The Far West newspaper was published weekly in Liberty, Missouri from August 11, 1836 to October 6, 1836.
  • Franklin County Observer
    The Franklin County Observer began publishing in 1861 in Washington, Mo. and ended 1926 when it was succeeded by the Washington Missourian. This collection covers issues published from 1893-1926.
  • Franklin County Tribune
    Dr. William Moore started the Franklin County Progress, which later became the Franklin County Tribune, in Union, Missouri on May 15, 1865. This collection covers issues published from 1899-1916.
  • Gasconade County Republican
    The Gasconade County Republican printed its first issue in 1905 in Owensville, Mo. This collection covers issues published from 1905-1922.
  • Hannibal Clipper
    The issues from this Hannibal, Missouri newspaper are from 1874-1875 and 1877.
  • Hannibal Courier-Post
    These images are from the October 1935 issues of this daily newspaper published in Hannibal, Missouri.
  • Hermann Advertiser and Advertiser-Courier
    The Advertiser-Courier printed its first issue in 1873 under the name of The Hermann Advertiser. This collection covers issues published from 1875-1922.
  • Liberty Tribune
    A newspaper from Clay County, Missouri covering the years 1846-1848, 1852-1867, 1869-1878, 1880, 1882, and 1883.
  • Lincoln University Clarion, 1935-1975
    Published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, the Lincoln Clarion is the student newspaper of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Begun in 1932, it continues to serve the campus community today.
  • M.S.U. Independent
    The M. S. U. Independent was an early newspaper in Columbia, Missouri issued by students of the University of Missouri (March 1894-Dec. 1895, by a society known as the M. S. U. Barb). It was named M. S. U. independent from March 3, 1894 to May 27, 1904 and later named The Independent. This collection covers March 3, 1894-May 27, 1905 with some issues missing.
  • MSU Student Newspaper – The Standard
    The Standard, Missouri State University’s student newspaper, began publication in 1912 and continues today. See The Standard’s website for the most recent newspapers and for most issues dating back to September 1998.
  • Marthasville Record
    The first issue of the Marthasville Record was published in 1898 and the newspaper is still published today. This collection covers issues published from 1901-1922.
  • New Haven Leader
    The New Haven Leader has a long history, the first issue was published in 1895 and it is still being published today. This collection covers issues published from 1903-1918.
  • Pacific Transcript
    The Pacific Transcript is a weekly newspaper published at Pacific, Mo. This collection covers issues published from 1895-1921. Like most newspapers during World War One, the Pacific Transcript supported the war effort.
  • Phelps County New Era
    Missouri University of Science and Technology has digitized the Phelps County New Era for 1875-1878; issues are displayed here.
  • Rolla Express
    The Rolla Express newspaper was published from 1860 through 1875 in Rolla, Missouri. The bulk of the papers are from October 1860 through May 1863 and November 1872 through December 1873, with some missing issues. Issues are also available for July 17, 1865; June 17, 1867; June 27, 1868; and February 25, 1875.
  • Rolla New Era
    The Rolla New Era was a newspaper published weekly in Rolla, Missouri. It was previously published as Phelps County New Era until it changed name to Rolla New Era on April 13, 1878. This collection includes issues from April 1878 – March 1897.
  • St. Louis Christian Advocate
    The St. Louis Christian Advocate Newspaper was published weekly by a committee of ministers for the Methodist Episcopal Church South in St. Louis. This collection covers August 22, 1857 through October 22, 1879.
  • St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1854-1872
    The Daily Missouri Republican was one of the few daily Missouri newspapers publishing continuously through the Civil War. A leading urban newspaper, it covered developments in St. Louis as well as major state news items and national politics.
  • St. Louis Palladium
    Issues from this African-American newspaper document St. Louis in 1904.
  • Sullivan News
    On June 10, 1910 Thomas E. Dotter published the first issue of the Sullivan News. This collection covers issues published from 1910-1950.
  • Sullivan Sentinel
    Thomas E. Dotter purchased the Sullivan Sentinel on January 1, 1899 from its founder, E. A. Pigg. In 1914 Sullivan Sentinel consolidated with Sullivan News. This collection covers issues published from 1901-1914.
  • Union Republic Headlight
    The Union Republican Headlight commenced on March 4, 1904 and was published every Friday. The paper ran from 1904 to 1919 when it consolidated with the Franklin County Tribune and became the Republican Tribune. This collection covers issues published from 1904-1919.
  • Union Republican Tribune
    The first issue of the Republican Tribune was published on March 7, 1919. The new paper was a consolidation of The Republican Headlight and The Franklin County Tribune. This collection covers issues published from 1919-1922.
  • Warrenton Banner
    The Warrenton Banner was one of the first papers in the area and it is still published today. The paper started in 1857 as The Nonpareil. It changed publishers and names several times before becoming the Warrenton Banner in 1890. This collection covers issues published from 1902-1924.
  • Washington Citizen
    The Washington Citizen presented its inaugural issue on August 25, 1905. The paper was published on Fridays and ran for almost 80 years. This collection covers issues published from 1905-1923.

Missouri Town Genealogy and History

  • Missouri Local Records Inventory Database
    This growing database is a compilation of inventories of local government records identified as having permanent or enduring value and housed primarily in county and municipal offices, but includes some libraries, museums, and historical and genealogical societies that maintain government records.

Carthage Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Carthage Picture Booklet
    Carthage, Missouri: The Most Beautiful City in the West is a promotional picture booklet created in 1906 by the Newell family to solicit investments in the family’s various business enterprises including the Carthage Building Stone Co., Venango Royalty Co., Newell, Morse Royalty Co., and the Trinity Zinc, Lead and Smelting Company.

Columbia Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Stephensophia
    Stephensophia, the yearbook of Stephens College, chronicles the rich history of a women’s institution in mid-Missouri. This collection contains the digital images of the Stephensophia beginning in 1900 and continuing until 1965. Through the use of photographs and essays, the yearbooks tell the story of Stephens College as it has evolved to meet the changing needs of women through the decades. The Stephensophia provides a glimpse into women’s lives beyond the college, describing such monumental events as women gaining the right to vote and the shift in women’s roles during World War I.
  • MSU Yearbook 1909-1992 – Ozarko
    The Ozarko is Missouri State University’s yearbook, published 1909-1992 (with the exceptions of 1918-1921 and 1944-1946). See the finding aid for more information.

Frenchtown Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Frenchtown Postcards
    Collection of postcard views of buildings at 2nd, 3rd, 5th streets of Frenchtown, Missouri.

Grand River Missouri Genealogy and History

  • The Herald
    Local newsletter from the Grand River Historical Society and Museum.

Ironton Missouri Genealogy and History

  • John Albert Undertaking Ledger, Ironton, Missouri
    Ledger of funeral records kept by undertaker John Albert, who operated his business in Ironton, Missouri from July 1, 1878 to June 6, 1921. Ledger is bound with pages from Wilson’s History and Directory for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, 1875-1876.

Jefferson City Missouri Genealogy and History

Joplin Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Joplin 1902 Picture Booklet
    This book is one of the most complete photographic records of Joplin, Missouri at the turn of the 20th century. By 1900, Joplin had become a city of both millionaires and miners and one of the most important cities in Missouri. The 125 photographs include more than three dozen pictures of the private homes of these self-made men, as well as photographs of the businesses and industries that sprung up to support the mining industry.
  • Joplin 1913 Picture Booklet
    This 1913 booklet of Joplin devotes the majority of its 44 photographs to businesses, manufacturing facilities, and other commercial enterprise in Joplin.
  • Joplin Historical Postcards
    These postcards show the development of Joplin from rough mining camps into the mid-1900s. Pictured are mines and miners, extravagantly landscaped parks and public recreation areas as well as souvenir postcards of the little motels and motor courts that sprang up along the path of America’s most famous highway, Route 66.
  • Joplin Tornado of 1971
    On May 5, 1971, a tornado struck Joplin, Missouri. It was near dusk. The tornado stayed on the ground for almost 40 blocks through the center of town, killing one man and injuring almost 50 people.
  • Klondike of Missouri
    This small booklet, published in 1898 by the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company, paints an enticing and extravagant portrait of Joplin, Missouri, at the turn of the 20th Century.

Kansas City Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Judge Elmo M. Hargrave Photograph Collection
    These images, taken circa 1920s-1940s, were used to document accident sites in Kansas City. They provide a unique perspective on the traditional views of streetscapes, businesses, residences, parks, and other locales.
  • Assorted Images of Kansas City
    This collection, drawn from many smaller collections, consists of images of people and Kansas City places including schools, houses, churches, hospitals, street scenes, historical monuments, etc.
  • 1951 Kansas City Flood
    The 1951 flood was one of the most devastating natural events in the Kansas City area. The photographer of these 30 images is unknown.
  • Kansas City 1940 Tax Assessment Photographs
    Over 40,000 images of 1940 tax assessment of Kansas City residences and buildings by Jackson County Tax Assessor’s office. Each photographic print is approximately 1″x1.5″, mounted on 12″x18″ cards, and organized by block. The collection does not include all photographs of the 1940 tax assessment project. Several hundred block cards are missing from the original survey.
  • Kansas City Churches
    Comprised primarily of photographs from Olive Hoggins’ Centenary History of the Churches and the Westminster Congregational Church Records, this group highlights many of Kansas City’s churches and their pastors.
  • Kansas City Deaconess
    The Kansas City Deaconess was published by the Kansas City National Training School for Deaconesses and Missionaries (KCNTS) monthly from 1908 to 1943. The newsletter contains stories of young women who brought educational and social services to poor and immigrant populations of Kansas City in the early 20th century. Also Included are reports of the ministries of graduates of KCNTS in other parts of the United States and the world.
  • Kansas City Education
    Kansas City schools and school children comprise the bulk of this grouping of over 470 images. Photographs come from multiple collections including the Kansas City School District archives.
  • Kansas City Photographs
    Brookings Montgomery was a local Kansas City photographer who owned and operated Montgomery Foto Service for over 50 years during the twentieth century. Photographs are continually added to this collection that features people and places in Kansas City.
  • Kansas City Postcards
    For some years, Mrs. Ray wrote a weekly column based on the some 16,000 postcards she owned for The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Times called “Postcards from Old Kansas City.” About 700 of these cards with their accompanying historical articles have been digitized here.
  • Nineteenth Century Kansas City
    These late nineteenth-century images of early Kansas City provide views of the Board of Trade building under construction, exterior and interior views of the glass Exposition Building, unusual weather events, hotels, and businesses. Early transportation is depicted by bridges, street cars, trains, railroad stations, etc.

Kirksville Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Chariton Collector
    A magazine focused on local history and folklore that was produced bi-annually by the Kirksville High School Local History class between Fall 1980 and Spring 1989.
  • Kirksville Cyclone
    Centennial photo exhibit of the destruction wrought by Kirksville’s April 1899 tornado.
  • Kirksville Photos by Drake
    An album of 35 photos of Kirksville buildings, businesses and people created by “Drake, Fotografer” in Jan-April 1893 and originally owned by Clifford Elmore Henry.
  • Welcome to 1890s Kirksville
    Photographs of Kirksville in 1890s including Adair County’s New Court House and other buildings, city map and street guide, 1899 Cyclone and portraits of Kirksville residents.

Liberty Missouri Genealogy and History

Louisiana Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Preserve Louisiana’s Images
    The collection focuses on Louisiana (Missouri) downtown buildings, street scenes and businesses, local businesses outside the downtown business district, historic homes, river scenes, and key citizens.

Palmyra Missouri Genealogy and History

  • Palmyra Massacre Collection
    The Palmyra Massacre occurred in 1862 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, when 10 Confederate prisoners were shot in retaliation for the abduction of a local Union sympathizer. This collection includes letters containing personal recollections of the Palmyra Massacre, as well as a booklet, “The Palmyra Massacre: A Short, Concise but True History of the Execution of Ten Confederate Soldiers, at Palmyra, Mo., October 18, 1862.”
  • Sprague Funeral Home Ledgers
    The Sprague Funeral Home operated in Palmyra, Missouri, from 1922-1974; the ledgers span most of this time. Funeral record entries include detailed biographical information about the deceased, names and places of birth of the father and mother, and information about funeral arrangements.

Polk City Missouri Genealogy and History

Springfield Missouri Genealogy and History

St. Charles Missouri Genealogy and History

St. Louis Missouri Genealogy and History

Missouri Vital Records

  • Missouri Vital Records Information
  • Missouri Births and Christenings, 1827-1935
    Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Missouri. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
  • Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Pre-1910
    The Missouri Birth and Death Records Database is an abstract of the birth, stillbirth, and death records recorded before 1909 and that are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.
  • Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920
    Name index to marriage records from the state of Missouri. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
  • Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991
    Index and digital images of microfilmed marriage records from Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates. This collection includes records from the microfilm collections of FamilySearch and of the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. This project is being published as images and index data become available.
  • Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976
    Name index to death and burial records from the state of Missouri. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 58,813 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
  • Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930
    Images of death records from Andrew, Audrain, Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, Clinton, Cole, Howard, Jefferson, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Scotland, Texas, and Warren counties.
  • Missouri Death Record Database
    Index of death certificates, linked to digital images of the original death certificate. Updated annually.
  • John Albert Undertaking Ledger, Ironton, Missouri
    Ledger of funeral records kept by undertaker John Albert, who operated his business in Ironton, Missouri from July 1, 1878 to June 6, 1921. Ledger is bound with pages from Wilson’s History and Directory for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, 1875-1876.
  • Sprague Funeral Home Ledgers
    The Sprague Funeral Home operated in Palmyra, Missouri, from 1922-1974; the ledgers span most of this time. Funeral record entries include detailed biographical information about the deceased, names and places of birth of the father and mother, and information about funeral arrangements.
  • Missouri Coroner’s Inquest Database
    Index of coroner records from seven Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis, dates range from 1842 to 1932. The Coroner’s Inquest Database is an abstract of records that have been indexed and are available for online research. The original records are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.

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